The NCWIT Award for Aspirations in Computing honors high school women who are active and interested in computing and technology, and encourages them to pursue their passions. This multi-tiered competition includes recognition at the national level (sponsored by Bank of America) and at the local level (sponsored by Microsoft), serving 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and all U.S. military bases overseas.
Any U.S. high school woman in grades 9 through 12 is eligible to apply, if she also meets both of the following criteria:
She attends a high school in the U.S. or is a U.S. citizen attending a high school in Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, or on a U.S. military base.
She has a U.S. Tax Identification or Social Security Number.
Aspirations Award recipients are chosen for their outstanding aptitude and interest in computing, proven leadership ability, academic performance, and plans for post‑secondary education.
Each Affiliate Award winner receives recognition at an award event, an engraved award for both her and her school, scholarship and internship opportunities, access to a peer network of technical young women in the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Community (sponsored by Bloomberg), and various other prizes — computing resources, gadgets, sponsor swag, and more.
Additionally, each National Award winner receives $500 in cash, a laptop computer, a trip to attend the Bank of America Technology Showcase and Awards Ceremony in Charlotte, North Carolina on March 5, 2016, and networking opportunities with Bank of America employees.
The NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Award (sponsored by AT&T) publicly celebrates high school educators who encourage girls’ interest and participation in technology pursuits. Educator Award recipients form a national community of peers, share practices, and empower other educators to encourage the participation of girls in computing.
All teachers, counselors, administrators, mentors, and other educators who encourage girls’ interest and participation in technology pursuits are welcome to apply.
Each Educator Award recipient receives $250 cash award, recognition at a local Aspirations Award event, increased visibility in his or her school district and community, up to $750 for participation in computing-related professional development activities, and an engraved award for both the educator and his or her school.
Thanks to generous support from HP, a college entry point into the Aspirations Community is available for technical women in college who weren’t previously exposed during high school. Benefits to young women who become part of this vast network include:
private invitations to virtual and in-person meetups
visibility for technical achievements
computing outreach programs in local communities for growing leadership and entrepreneurial skills
hands-on activities for exploring computer science concepts
exclusive access to scholarships, internships, and job opportunities
A collegiate woman may apply* to the Aspirations Community at any time, if she attends an NCWIT Academic Alliance institution, majors or minors in computing, and she has maintained a qualifying GPA.
* Winners of the Award for Aspirations in Computing are automatically inducted and need not apply.
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NCWIT Aspirations in Computing (AiC) provides a long-term community for female technologists, from K-12 through higher education and beyond, encouraging persistence in computing through continuous engagement and ongoing encouragement at each pivotal stage of their educational and professional development. AiC is supported nationally by Apple, AT&T, Bank of America, Bloomberg, Google, Hewlett-Packard, Intel, Microsoft, Motorola Solutions Foundation, Northrop Grumman, and the Symantec Corporation. Find out more at www.aspirations.org.